Birthday treat in store for tiger cubs

Birthday celebrations for the tiger cubs at Flamingo Land
Birthday celebrations for the tiger cubs at Flamingo Land

The zoo education team are busy preparing activities for our visitors at Flamingo Land over the next few weeks. The opening weekend on March 21 and 22 coincides with the Sumatran tiger cubs’ first birthday. Kuasa, Mentari and Bulan will be receiving a birthday cake with a difference on March 22. Birthday cakes designed for human consumption aren’t suitable for the tigers’ diet, therefore they will be receiving meat in cardboard boxes disguised as a cake. The tiger cubs have never been given cardboard boxes before so it will be interesting to see their reaction to them. Read next week to find out how the cake was received. The cubs have grown a lot in a year, the picture above was taken when they were just 2 months old.

At selected times during the Easter school holidays, visitors will be able to buy a tiger badge and colour in a birthday message for the cubs, which will be used to decorate the tiger bridge. There will also be a tiger trail around the zoo to encourage visitors to find out some interesting facts about tigers.

In addition to the tiger themed activities, the education team will also be running Keeper Academy for children aged 15-17 and the Zoo Kids Club for children aged 8-12. Keeper Academy is a course designed for teenagers who would like to gain practical experience with exotic animals and learn more about them from theory sessions. This is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career in zoo keeping, veterinary science or general animal care as practical work can be difficult to obtain for under 18s. The course runs over 3 days and covers a range of animals for the participants to work with. The course will be running over the Easter holidays plus during several other school holidays in 2015.

Zoo Kids Club is ideal for children who would like to learn more about animals, make friends and have fun. The club will take place on two Sunday mornings each month until the end of May. Activities may include games, crafts, trails and tours of the zoo, native wildlife hunts and fun fact sessions about different animals. The club is designed to be completely different to our other experiences in that it doesn’t involve direct contact with our zoo animals. Participants will have the chance to learn about the animals whilst making friends with like-minded people. If the club proves to be popular then it may become a permanent feature at Flamingo Land. Further information and contact details about Keeper Academy and Zoo Kids Club can be found on our website.